Butler County health network eyes Dayton for new community center

A Butler County network of non-profit health centers plans to open a community health center in west Dayton, possibly next July.

The new center will offer medical, dental, behavioral health, pharmacy, lab and express care services in the Grafton Hill medical building, 300 Forest Ave., announced Primary Health Solutions, a Hamilton-based non-profit health care provider that operates area health centers in Butler County.

The new center will employ at least 15 people initially.

Primary Health Solutions will lease space in the building at Forest and Grand avenues, in what will be all told a $5 million project for the company, said Ronda Croucher, the company’s vice president, community engagement.

“The West Dayton community has been identified by researchers and community leaders as having a significant number of under-served individuals in need of access to health care services,” the network said in a release Tuesday. “Individuals who are insured through Medicaid, one of the Medicaid managed care products, or have no insurance have difficulty finding medical providers.”

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Primary Health said it accepts “all types of insurance,” and uninsured patients will be charged a nominal fee for services, with that fee based on household income.

Primary Health President and Chief Executive Marc Bellisario said the new center will offer access and an array of services under one roof.

“Integration of services allows for better patient outcomes,” Bellisario said in the network’s release. “Dentists, medical doctors and nurse practitioners, LISWs (Licensed Independent Social Workers), dietitians, pharmacists, etc. all work together and have access to the information from all other providers. This type of coordination results in patient-centered care.”

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Added Bellisario: “We are excited to have the opportunity to bring our services to Dayton, and look forward to collaborating with others to become a part of the community.”

Primary Health has locations in Hamilton, Middetown, Fairfield and Oxford.

A federally qualified health center receives better reimbursements from Medicaid and Medicare and caters to low-income patients.

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